Many people have trouble with their sleep. Some can’t fall asleep, while others may be waking up constantly throughout the night. Often times there is no medical problem found that is causing the sleeping dysfunction. Here are some more natural ways to help you fall asleep and stay asleep because sleep is an important factor in quality of life, health, and wellness.
Sound Therapy: If you are often woken up by sounds outside or from your house, maybe white noise or relaxing music can help you sleep. You can use wireless headphones or a white noise machine on a timer to help you sleep better.
Essential Oils: Some research has shown that aromatherapy may help ease insomnia. You can find natural oils that focus on resting/sleep/relaxation and put a drop of in a cotton ball or tissue. Then put it near your nose while you sleep. Some people even spray a mist on their pillow.
Supplements: If sleeping is becoming a bigger problem then you can turn to supplements to help. There are many herbal formulas through Traditional Chinese Medicine that are made specifically for what is causing your sleeping dysfunction. Also, supplements with Valerian root or Kava root have been used to help people with anxiety and sleeping problems. Be sure to talk to your health provider before starting any new supplements. Although they are regarded as being relatively safe, these supplements may have side effects or might not mix well with other medications.
Tea: Teas that do not have caffeine in them may be able to help you sleep. Chamomile has relaxing effects on the body. Make tea part of your relaxing ritual before going to sleep.
Warm Baths: An increase in body temperature may help you relax.
Cherry: Cherries have a high level of melatonin. Sipping some tart cherry juice may be able to increase this hormone in your body and lead to better sleep.
Eye Mask: Light affects melatonin levels in the body. Remember to turn off the lights and anything else that generates light (TV, Phone) so it is not disrupting your sleep/wake cycle. A sleep mask can help keep unwanted light out.
Chiropractic & Acupuncture: These natural healing professions may be able to get your body back into a proper state for your optimal health, which includes better sleep. They can also provide recommendations for supplements and formulas to help you sleep better
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
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